Great thinkers on Swami Vivekananda

“My homage and respect to the very revered memory of Swami Vivekananda . . . . after having gone through [his works], the love that I had for my country became a thousandfold.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“His whole life and teaching inspired my generation . . . . he brought his great spirituality to bear upon his patriotism and thus his message was not confined to India only, but was for the whole world. I pay my homage to his memory.”

— Jawaharlal Nehru.

“The thought of this warrior prophet of India left a deep mark upon the United States . . . . I cannot touch these sayings of his . . . without giving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!”

— Romain Rolland

“[Vivekananda is] one of the very greatest historical figures that India has ever produced. When one sees the full range of his mind, one is astounded.”

— Christopher Isherwood


“The man [Vivekananda] is simply a wonder for oratorical power . . . the Swami is an honor to humanity.”

— William James




“At this exposition [the Parliament of Religions], the Swami charmed audiences with his magical oratory, and left an indelible mark on America’s spiritual development.”

— National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (from “Abroad in America: Visitors to the New Nation”)

“It was the voice of the ancient rishis of the Vedas, speaking sweet words of love and toleration.”

— The Brooklyn Standard